Another miner killed at Sibanye's Driefontein mine


File: The platinum belt -- in which the Zondereinde mine is located -- has been the battlefield for a membership turf war between NUM and Amcu.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday said a miner was killed in rock falls at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein gold.

The latest death comes just four weeks after seven workers were killed at the same mine following a seismic event.

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Sibanye, which saw its share price sink about 28 percent in May, noted on Thursday that “recent safety incidents” were among investor concerns.

A spokesperson for Sibanye confirmed the latest incident.

Safety concerns are high on the investor radar screen in South Africa’s mining industry, which extracts metals from the world’s deepest mines.

READ: NUM concerned after 79 miners trapped at Sibanye Stillwater mine

The 2017 death toll in South Africa’s mines increased to 88, surpassing the 2016 figure of 73, and ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in a country with an unforgiving geology.

Unions have also expressed concerns at the recent incidents at Sibanye mines.